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2021 Chita Stag Hunt In Far North Queensland

I finally had the opportunity to hunt Chital (Axis axis) Stags in Far North Queensland with my 50 Cal Muzzle Loader with Markus from Downunder Taxidermy & Hunting. Sitka clothing gave me the advantage and performed well the hot conditions of far North Queensland.

It made the SCI Top Ten in the South Pacific
My first trophy Chital stag taken with my 50 cal Muzzle Loader in far North Queensland

My hunting mate, Rob Templer from Darwin also had a great hunt and stalk on a Chital Stag. Here is Rob's personal account...

After a year and half of Covid related travel restrictions I was delighted to be able to hunt Chital Stags on Markus Markus Michalowitz Chital hunting concession in Nth QLD.

Two days I hunted with several close encounters but no success. Finally on the last afternoon of the last day of the hunt I hatched a plan to be already out on the large marsh flats in position before the deer fed out for the afternoon. As the sun sunk to the horizon at 5.30 PM, I knew they would be coming in the next 30 minutes or not at all.

The wind was gusting back and forth quite unfavourably but I hoped I would at least spot some deer before they winded me. Finally, a few Chital could be seen leaving the tree line and feeding onto the flats. After a few minutes it became clear that unlike the previous days they were not feeding out towards me and I was losing shooting light fast.

The plan was changed and instead of my ambush I had to break cover and crouch run and then Indian crawl the last 200 meters to a small mound that should put me in shooting range. After arriving and panning my binos around the few deer had morphed into a herd of 50 or more.

Almost dark now with just five minutes of shooting light left I picked out the only stag in the herd. He looked ok and after ranging him at 208 yards I waited from him to lift his head. Crack went the .243 followed by the thump of a hard hit.

In the near dark I made way over and after a few nervous moments found a lovely Chital Stag piled up, shot though the heart. An end to a memorable hunt with some great friends and a worthy game animal species.

Last Light Chital Deer Stag Taken With Rob's 243
Rob Templer's Chital Deer Stag Hunt With Downunder Taxidermy & Hunting Safaris

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